Blast win streak hits 14 games

by Matthew Cross

Former Gophers hockey player and Minnesota Arctic Blast captain Cory Laylin led the team with two goals and two assists Saturday to give the Blast an 8-7 win. The victory extended the squad’s winning streak to a Roller Hockey International record of 14 games.
Former Gophers co-captain Justin McHugh also scored for the 15-3 Blast, which lead the RHI’s Central Division.
Men’s swimming inks recruit
The Gophers men’s swimming and diving team announced late last week that Mark Teichman will attend the University this fall.
Teichman was named a YMCA All-American during his senior year at Marquette High School in Marquette, Mich. He is also a three-time qualifier for the YMCA national meet and was part of a team that broke the Michigan state record in the 800 freestyle relay.
Capo misses a medal
Former Gophers football player Rene Capo was denied an Olympic medal in the judo competition, Sunday, in the 209-pound weight class.
Pawel Nastula of Poland won the gold, South Korea’s Kim Min-soo won the silver, and bronze medals went to Stephane Traineau of France and Miguel Fernandes of Brazil.
U wrestlers to competein Games today
Gophers wrestler Brandon Paulson and former University grapplers Gordy Morgan and Dave Zuniga will begin competition in Greco-Roman wrestling at the Olympics today.
There are two types of wrestling at the Games, freestyle and Greco-Roman. The latter is a style which restricts holds below the waist.
Medal winners in five weight classes have already been decided at the Olympics in Greco-Roman wrestling. A highlight was Stevens Point, Wisc., native Dennis Hall’s silver medal at 125 pounds.
Hall, who won his first three matches in overtime, lost the final match 4-1 to Kazakhstan’s Yuri Melnichenko.
Paulson, who wrestles at 118 pounds for Minnesota, is competing in the 114.5 pound weight class in Atlanta. Morgan will wrestle at 163 pounds and Zuniga will take on athletes in the 136.5 pound category.
Olympic track begins Friday
The Olympic track competition, which features former Gophers athletes Keita Cline and his wife Coralea for the British Virgin Islands, will not start until Friday.
Keita is competing in the long jump, 4×100 relay and 4×400 relay. Coralea is competing in the high jump.
University medical school graduate Bob Kempainen will run in the Olympic marathon Aug. 4.
— This story contains information from the Associated Press